let him cook meme: Woody and Buzz in Toy Story

What is the ‘let him cook’ meme?

'Let him cook' has taken a journey from a Bay Area rapper's dance move to a 'cursed' sports star to Woody from Toy Story.

On Nov 15, 2023 by Phil West

Trade Offer Meme

What is the Trade Offer meme? And how did it get to TikTok?

The meme mocks the trade request pop-ups in video games, highlighting incredibly lopsided exchanges.

On Oct 27, 2023 by Kahron Spearman

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

‘Leaning into the uncomfortable moments’: How Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf paved the path for Colin Kaepernick and other Black athletes moved to protest

Twenty years before Colin Kaepernick made a pre-game national anthem an occasion for protest, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf did the same.

On Jul 18, 2023 by Adama Munu

Nike Blazer 77

2002: The year of the magical basketball shoe

Kids in 2002 wanted to be like Mike. But then they wanted to be like Allen Iverson, too. And some just wanted vintage Chuck Taylors.

On Dec 12, 2022 by Hannah Borenstein

Allen Iverson during his European tour on September 17, 2009 in Milan, Italy

Allen Iverson’s classic A5 ad is a lesson on how not to other Black culture

The Jadakiss-assisted clip is one of the first examples of basketball embracing Black culture in a way that wasn’t watered down. The game's still catching up.

On Sep 21, 2022 by Gerald Nesmith

woman greenscreen TikTok over Instagram DM's caption 'Hey girl! I saw your videos on TikTok and I wanted to know if you can message my man. This one might be interesting for you because he's high-profile professional athlete and you are perfect!! He's in the NBA and plays for the blank. The season is starting in a few weeks I wanted to know if he'd agree to meet up with you when they're in LA..' (l) woman greenscreen TikTok over Instagram DM's caption 'Hi! I wasn't sure if you're actually see this... BUT I've had the biggest crush on you for 2 years... Yes I am! I'm in LA Txt me (blank number)' (c) woman greenscreen TikTok over text messages caption 'Girl you fine. We in LA on the blank Come chill after the game OMG I'd love to!! Where should I meet you? After party at the blank' (r)

‘She saw how easy that was’: Woman loyalty-checks NBA player for his girlfriend in viral video (updated)

'And she won’t leave either...'

On Sep 10, 2022 by Jack Alban

Deflated old basketball on black background. Reflection.

It’s time to abolish the NBA draft

A major part of the problem surrounding the NBA Draft is the language used to talk about its players.

On May 11, 2022 by Kahron Spearman

Tony Smith

Life after sports: The challenging transition from pro athlete to normal person

Without their sport at the center of everything they do, retired professional athletes risk losing their sense of purpose and self-identity.

On Apr 28, 2022 by John Scott Lewinski

New York Knicks' Mitchell Robinson, left, and Orlando Magic's Ignas Brazdeikis battle for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Orlando, Fla

‘We here’: How Knicks superfans forged a new era of coverage for their favorite team

'To have this voice, as an African American, and that influence, means everything to me.'

On Apr 10, 2022 by Lee Escobedo

Zion Williamson

How NBA meme culture foretells an increasingly problematic present and future

The troubling tale of Zion Williamson.

On Feb 25, 2022 by Kahron Spearman

Ben Simmons

‘These teams are workplaces’: The resignation of Ben Simmons, and why Philadelphia won’t accept it

The NBA star looks for an exit.

On Oct 29, 2021 by Kahron Spearman

Brain scan with Jumpman logo in center

Why your brain is wired to think Jordan is better than LeBron

'People who are my students' age, the Gen Z-ers, do not know anything about Michael Jordan.'

On Oct 22, 2021 by Kahron Spearman

Draymon Green smiling

‘That goes against everything America stands for’: What Draymond Green gets wrong about freedom

The NBA star's viral speech is a troublingly limited take.

On Oct 15, 2021 by Kahron Spearman

Marjorie Taylor Greene next to a tweet criticizing her over her tweet that called the NBA 'fascist' and compared COVID to HIV.

‘Boy oh boy this is stupid’: Marjorie Taylor Greene tries to talk basketball, compares COVID to HIV

She also made a false equivalency between COVID and HIV.

On Oct 15, 2021 by Andrew Wyrich

Kyrie Irving in front of COVID-19 vaccine vials

Why Kyrie Irving suddenly supercharged the NBA’s anti-vax movement

The social media black hole is having real-world consequences.

On Oct 4, 2021 by Kahron Spearman